At a glance
- Property code: SH01ST
- Area: Dumfries & Galloway
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 1
- Dogs allowed: Yes
Shelduck Cottage - Southwick, Sandyhills
Escape the hustle & bustle of life with a break at RSPB Meresehead: 4 nights for the price of 4 between 5th January & 2nd March. Now only £279, was £319
Holiday property description
Voted Countryfile’s UK holiday destination of the year 2016, Dumfries & Galloway has so much to offer from stunning stretches of coastline, rolling hills, imposing castles and tranquil forests including the UK’s first designated Dark Sky Park. Discover the breath-taking scenery, wildlife, cultural and history of Dumfries & Galloway whilst staying in a cosy semi-detached cottage located in the heart of RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve, a Visit Scotland 4-star wildlife experience.
Located on the scenic northern shore of the Solway Estuary, the large skies and seascapes give a feeling of escape. RSPB Mersehead is an extensive wetland nature reserve internationally important for the population of wintering Svalbard Barnacle geese and wintering wildfowl. An impressive starling murmuration may be seen in the winter from the cottage garden. In the spring, the evening air is alive with sound of displaying Lapwing and the distinctive chorus the UK's rarest amphibian, the Natterjack Toad. Tree sparrow and Yellowhammer come to feed from the cottage bird table. Watch for hunting Peregrines, Merlins, and Hen Harriers overhead. All our guests enjoy free or discounted entry to all events at RSPB Mersehead. A haven for wildlife, away from Mersehead there are an additional four RSPB reserves to discover; Ken-Dee Marshes, Wood of Cree, Crook of Baldoon and at Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway. WWT Caerlaverock can be found just the other side of Dumfries and there are a number of Scottish Wildlife Trust and Local Nature Reserves to explore.
More information about RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve can be found at: https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/mersehead/
The perfect family destination, RSPB Mersehead has a stunning beach and sand dunes just a short walk from the cottage; perfect for building sand castles and driftwood lodges. In the large farmhouse garden, there is a playground with swings, slide, mud kitchen and badger tunnels providing hours of fun. There are great rock pooling adventures to be found at nearby Rockcliffe or try crabbing from the quay at Kippford. In addition to the wonders of nature, a vast array of attractions will keep young families entertained for hours such as the Dino Park, Cream O Galloway, Mabie Farm Park and the Chocolate Factory. The Camera Obscura, installed in 1836, is on the top floor of the old windmill tower where you can see a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside.
Dumfries & Galloway is full of history waiting to be discovered. A wide moat, twin-towered gatehouse and lofty battlements make Caerlaverock Castle a medieval stronghold. Learn all about its turbulent history as a castle caught up in border conflicts. Unravel the tale of devotion behind Sweetheart Abbey’s evocative name. Follow in the footsteps of Robbie Burns as you trace the banks of the River Nith from the heart of Dumfries and don’t forget to visit Moat Brae where Peter Pan began. On a wet day, there is plenty of opportunity to explore indoors. Discover the remarkable story of HM Factory Gretna and the Solway Military Coast at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. Visit the home of runaway weddings at Gretna Green, now a 5-star visitor destination or explore the Aviation Museum.
For those looking for a fast paced action holiday, RSPB Mersehead is located just a short drive from two Forestry Commission 7-stanes mountain bike trails at Mabie Forest and Dalbeattie Forest. A little further afield are the trails in the Galloway Forest Park and the Ae Forest. The Galloway Activity Centre is situated on the banks of the stunning Loch Ken whilst at Laggan Outdoor you will find one of Europe’s longest Zip wires. A challenging links course, Southerness Golf Course is a Scottish Golf Championship Venue whilst Colvend Golf Course offers a parkland experience with amazing views from the high cliffs.
RSPB Mersehead is the perfect base from which to discover Scotland’s forgotten corner.
Postcode: DG2 8AH
Damage Deposit £150
Let weekly Saturday - Saturday. Short breaks are accepted between May & end of August if booked within 6 weeks of arrival
For parties of 2 or less a £20 discount will be applied. A discount of £50 will be applied when 2 consecutive weeks are booked regardless of party size. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
Accommodation for 4 on one floor: Lounge/dining room; kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath; one double bedroom; one twin bedroom.
Services: * Electric heating (cost included) *Multi Fuel stove with fuel provided * Bed Linen and Towels included * Electric cooker & Microwave * Washing machine * Fridge/Freezer * TV with DVD * Highchair and cot available on request * Enclosed garden with furniture * Parking * No Smoking * Dogs: Maximum 2 well behaved dogs with own bedding, not to be left on their own or allowed on furniture or beds.
EXTRAS: £20 for 1 dog per week. 2nd dog free.
Additional accommodation is available next door in Barnacle Cottage (BA05ST)
How to find us
Rspb Mersehead Reserve
Dumfries & Galloway
Shelduck Cottage - Southwick, Sandyhills
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Sofa Beds 0
Single Beds 2
Double Beds 1
Shelduck Cottage Reviews
5 star reviewHave booked this cottage several times. Each time there are improvements - this year a great woodburning stove. Eric and Rowena (the farmer and RSPB warden on site) were really helpful in getting us in to the cottage over the flooded entrance road - we arrived (car and everything) on the back of a tractor and trailer! Gret work all round.
4 star reviewFive stars on the location of the cottage which is on an RSPB reserve. It was very quiet and peaceful, the sky was incredibly dark on clear nights for looking at stars, there were Barnacle Geese feeding at the end of the garden so I could watch them from the warmth of the cottage, bird food was provided so you could put food out and watch small birds through the window, and the sunset and sunrise views from the cottage were fantastic.
The cottage itself was spacious and surprisingly well equipped. There was a lovely log burner with fuel for the week provided. The other heating was very old fashioned and the radiator in the double bedroom didn’t work. I was told the whole system is to be replaced in a couple of weeks which should be an improvement.
I had an issue with the duvet and pillows smelling very stale as if they had been in use all season without a wash. I was assured this would be taken onboard and they would be replaced but it didn’t happen whilst I was there so with that and the non working heater I spent the week in a single bed which was not ideal having paid for a sleep 4 cottage for 1. Even there the pillows and duvet were not that fresh. I wished I had taken my own.
4 star reviewLovely cottage in a great location. Would have been five stars but the double bedroom had no heating (visitor book in cottage confirmed heater broken for some time). Consequently there was mildew from condensation spreading badly along the wall and the wallpaper was peeling off. Thankfully we were able to use the twin room. Otherwise the cottage was warm well equipped and cosy.
5 star reviewA very comfortable cottage. Well equipped and spotlessly clean. It might get 4 stars in winter as not all the heaters work and the open fire, although a nice feature, doesn't draw very well. ( A multifuel stove is promised before next winter).
A truly wonderful location in a beautiful area.
5 star reviewWe had a lovely holiday in Shelduck Cottage on the RSPB Mersehead reserve. The cottage had had a refurb, with new curtains, carpets, etc. The cottage was warm and cosy and the beds were comfortable.
We have stayed in both Barnacle and Shelduck Cottages a number of times, thus testifying to our satisfaction with both the Cottages and with the lovely local area.
5 star reviewAnother wonderfull week in this lovely cottage.
Spent the week walking with our lovely dog on the beach and relaxing while totally recharging our batteries.
4 star reviewNice location. Pleasant cottage. Electric storage radiators only managed 17 degrees centigrade warmth at best for non coal fire making household. This was 2nd week of April so winter might not be the best time to stay! RSPB reserve is a grand place to stay and the voluntary wardens are friendly people to meet!
5 star reviewCottage has been upgraded with new carpets, bedding etc making it more comfortable than it was. The heating was on when we arrived making it warm as well as comfortable. Cooking facilities also improved. Together with an excellent site this made for a most enjoyable weeks stay.Great to hear that you approve of the maintenance carried out on this property! We hope you'll consider staying again!